Martin O'Neill gets very touchy over questions about Ireland's football

FIGHTING FUND

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill acknowledged his side's performance in their 1-1 draw against Georgia on Saturday was as poor as any in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Ireland didn't fare all that much better in the second half, challenging the Georgian keeper on only a handful of occasions.

And while the Sunderland man is unlikely to start in Tbilisi tonight, boss Martin O'Neill feels that McGeady could play a big role, recalling his feat and trickery of feet which won the game for Ireland in Georgia three years ago, O'Neill's first competitive game in charge of the side.

Makaridze needed extensive treatment after his early mishap, but his woes nearly doubled when he flapped at a Robbie Brady free-kick and was relieved to see the ball curl past his far post, as he was when James McClean glanced wide with 20 minutes played.

However, Georgia dominated the match throughout and were worthy of their equaliser, which arrived in the 34th minute as Valeri Kazaishvili restored parity for the home side.

Despite Shane Duffy's early goal, Ireland were unable to hold on to a lead in Tbilisi for very long. He failed to take control of the midfield as Georgia played the ball around at ease.

The home side completed over 300 passes in the first half compared to Ireland's paltry 62 as O'Neill's men managed a mere 24 per cent possession throughout the 45 minutes.

Duffy and Clark repeatedly found themselves in the firing line with Ireland too often squandering possession and inviting pressure, although apart from having to beat away Kakabadze's driven 24th-minute cross, goalkeeper Darren Randolph was reasonably well protected.

It was Sunderland winger McGeady who could have won it in stoppage time when the ball fell to him in front of goal amid a frenetic conclusion, but he ballooned his shot high over the bar.

The live match Georgia vs Republic Ireland is broadcasted on TV channels such as 1TV, Sky Sports Football, FS2, and Sony Ten and can be followed online which is live streamed at Fox Sports GO and Sky Go.

Daryl Murphy was thrown into the mix as the manager sacrificed Ireland's other holding midfielder, Glenn Whelan, sensing that the game was now there for the taking.

RAN his socks off as usual though most of that was chasing left back Giorgi Navalovski when Ireland wanted Georgia to be chasing Walters.

"We're going to try and win a game against Serbia, which is the most important thing".

"We need to do better because we're up against a very talented side in Serbia on Tuesday night". Yellow cards: Kvekveskiri (37 mins), Jigauri (62 mins).

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